August 29, 2015
"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There has never been a democracy that did not commit suicide." —John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
Benjamin Franklin defined democracy as two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Fraser Tyler, author of The Decline and Fall of the Athenian Republic said. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”
James Madison: "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths..."
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men." Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
Democracy, democracy – we hear this term offered up so often, as it it’s the answer to all problems involving nations. Therefore, for many, it takes the place of a god. If we make democracy our god, it soon becomes an idol, a false god.
A self-destructive paradigm, as Tyler says above, money destroys it. Once votes can be bought and sold, democracy ceases. Far better is a republic, a representative government such as that found in the Bible. Every tribe was represented in the Sanhedrin. The US is also supposed to be a republic, under the Constitution, but with the democracy overlay, the majority vote can even destroy the republic.
Comparisons can be made between Israel and the US. Israel was founded as the Jewish state, and the US was founded as a Christian state. Both in Israel and in the US, something is amiss. The balance of power is out of balance and nothing is working in the US or Israel as it was planned to work. Why is that? The four pillars- the people, the legislature, the executive and the judicial - have failed, as three of the four have either given up, gone to sleep, chosen to be politically correct, been bought off or scared off, letting the fourth have a field day.
People like to say "but Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East". But the reality seems quite different - we vote for a candidate and get a coalition which stymies leadership. “We vote right, we get left. We vote left, we get left.” This is an oft-quoted joke among Israelis. Democracy is a false illusion. A couple of justices on the Supreme Court of either nation now make laws. A president who doesn’t care for the will of the people can issue executive orders that dilute democratic power.
If there is any slim chance of a democracy working, it would require the due diligence of the people to continually sit and monitor it and slap the hands of any politicians who started violating the foundational rules. This is a fantasy.
One only need look at the history of democracies. It was in Athens where a democratic system first was implemented. However it soon fell and no other nation tried the model until America, 2000 years later in the eighteenth century. During the next century, monarchists fought against democratic forces, so in the first half of the twentieth century, young democracies fell in Germany, Spain and Italy. By the time of World War II, only eleven democracies were left, and FDR feared it might not be possible to save “the great flame of democracy from the blackout of barbarism”.
Americans have the luxury of not –yet at least – being intimidated by enemies across the border. There is no imminent threat of an attack from Canada or Mexico. Israelis, on the other hand, live with that threat daily, as they’ve been at war with Arabs for centuries. Technically, Israel and Arab states are still at war, as there has not been a peace treaty since the wars of 1948, 1967 and 1973 except between Israel and Egypt and Jordan. Hamas is a new element as is the rest of the PA-Hamas non-state terrorist entity.
Nevertheless, the same ravages against democracy are occurring in the US and Israel. Importing millions of illegals and then giving them the vote will greatly impact the next US election. In Israel, giving Arabs the vote resulted in treasonous Arab ministers serving in the Knesset (parliament). Now every bill to bring about security or greater safety to Jewish and non-Muslim minorities in Israel elicits cries of “Not in a democracy”. Safety is pitted against democracy, as it becomes impossible to give one part of the population a protection from the other part. Arabs can vote against the Jewishness of the Jewish state, backed by leftists all over the world. Many Jews would democratically choose a decrease in “democracy” for an increase in security and peace in their neighborhoods. After all, democracy never saved a baby from the terrorist’s knife or bullet, but ironically made that knife and bullet possible.
A similar scenario takes place in the US. Being at first a Christian nation, all of the Christian holidays became national holidays. But in bowing to the god of democracy, there is the tension between those who accept this and those who begin to resent this tradition. For example, in Washington State, the schools stopped using “Christmas vacation”, replacing it with “Winter Break”. Then people started saying “Happy Holidays” even after Chanukah was over, making it hard to understand what holiday they were talking about other than Christmas, which seemed somewhat silly. Many American Jews have no problem with people saying” Merry Christmas” as a greeting. Many Jews actually like the lights and decorations; after all, much of Christmas is not religious.
Regardless, the US is a Christian nation. Americans, Christians or not, need to stand up for the Christian traditions in the US, since that's the foundation. Muslims moved in and they can move out. They have no right to bully their way to change basic traditions and the foundational religious values, and raising the cry of “democracy” is not the answer.
As Israeli Moshe Feiglin wrote, the liberals’ goal “is not democracy. It is to transform Israel into a ‘state for all its citizens’ instead of a Jewish state.” Similarly, the goal of America was to welcome refugees and those fleeing from persecution, but assumed the newcomers would happily adopt to living in a Christian environment in exchange for freedoms. It appears that in today’s US, liberals do not expect newcomers will adapt, as they attempt to force America to adapt to their anti-Christian values.
Besides the Muslim pressures, millions of Mexican immigrants will impact safety and security in the nation. For example, Phoenix, located in a border state, now happens to be the kidnap capital, as kidnapping for ransom cases have increased along with the entry of Mexican cartels to Arizona. The victims have become sacrificial offerings to the god democracy.
Sweden is another case in point. The IKEA murders fanned the flames on social media in regard to the immigrant situation and now the democracy question arises.
According to one writer, “we do not have the right to be frightened to death over the immigration policy of our rulers ….. The most relevant question is why one government after another has chosen to spend Swedish taxpayers' money on citizens of other countries. While Swedish students take a plunge in the PISA tests, 60% of the welfare benefits go to immigrants who make up about 15% of the population. Healthcare and other social services are deteriorating, according to many Swedes, while violence is exponentially increasing. When more and more Swedes feel that they are being badly treated in their own country, the politicians have created a powder keg ready to explode at any minute.”
Democracy, “where citizens can contact politicians or the media to make their voices heard, has all but evaporated in Sweden. Newspaper websites have removed the reader comment fields, and the politicians hide behind a wall of officials who brand callers expressing concern as ‘racist,’ and hang up. Sweden is governed by a power that has shut down the democratic process.”
Once again, the leaders usurp power and refuse to be accountable. The only recourse left to Swedes might be civil war.
Athens, Israel, the USA, and Sweden all attest to the cruel hoax of democracy. What is needed is a foundation of laws that insure personal freedoms and institutions which enforce those laws. The great statesman Winston Churchill understood, quipping “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” He is also said to have stated that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute talk with the average voter.”
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Cathy Sherman is a freelance writer with a major interest in natural health. She wrote many articles on healthy living. An interest in the fascinating subject of water inspired her to write her recently published children’s book, Drew Drop and the Water Cycle.
After moving to Israel, she realized the need to clarify some of the incorrect and misunderstood narratives surrounding Israel and its conflict with Arab neighbors.